Washington DC
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Washington DC

I just missed the prime cherry blossom season, but Arlington Cemetery was within walking distance of my hotel. The weather was beautiful. You can see the cherry blossoms on the ground under the tree. Nice place to spend eternity.
Here's a picture from my room at night. You can see the Washington Monument on the left side of the picture. I could also see the Pentagon and the Lincoln Memorial.
Washington has a nice subway system. I would pick it up near my hotel at the Pentagon City station (there was a hotel shuttle to get me there). For $5 a day on the weekend you could go anywhere you wanted with an all-day pass. It was clean, worked well, and was always on time.
There's some 200,000 soldiers buried at Arlington National Cemetery. President Kennedy is here, as is his brother, Robert.
The grounds are beautifully manicured and kept green and attractive for all of the visitors. This is a major tourist stopping point in DC.
You see quite a diverse collection of headstones, ranging from the simple (I'm sure government provided) to the ornate.
Here's a wonderfully detailed carving in the back of one gentleman's headstone. I'd guess he was a WWI veteran.
Here's a view looking out towards the city and the Washington Monument. You can see one of the headstones (on the right) is meant to be a small replica of the 555' 5/8" original.
Here's the sharpest building angle in Washington, D. C. (and I'd be surprised if any other building in the country ties it). This is the National Gallery of Art. They have some nice collections, but I've seen better. The building is nice though, and a wonderful venue for displaying paintings and sculptures.
Here's another view of the Washington Monument as reflected in the pool made famous by the scene in "Forrest Gump". This really was an imposingly impressive structure, especially when you walk right up to the base and look up towards the top.

See the lighter color of the facing stones at the bottom 1/3 of the monument. That was due to a break in construction during the civil war. I guess there was another supply of stone after that and they weren't able to match the color too well.

Here's a reflecting image of folks walking along and viewing the Vietnam Memorial. Look at all the names etched in the wall. 50,000 people sacrificed...what a price.
The Jefferson Memorial is certainly impressive when lighted up at night. This is a view from the back of the monument. The front faces a small lake.
Here's a display of nations flags in the Kennedy Center. John F. was such a proponent of the arts that the city banded together to put this structure up in his memory. Now they have various plays and other performances here.
Here's the Lincoln Memorial. They have such dramatic lighting here. Though you couldn't tell from this picture, the place was crowded. You could have heard a pin drop though, everyone fell into reverent silence when they entered. A few murmurs as they read his speeches engraved on the walls, but that's all.
Here's a view of the outside of the Lincoln Memorial. That was pretty much the end of my Washington trip. It was a wonderful opportunity and I'm very glad I went on the tours. You always see these things in the movies and on TV, but there's a certain nationalism in the air when you're there in person (not that I'm recommending nationalism though).



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